This holiday season we are urging our friends, colleagues and clients to support the arts in BC. The BC government has announced its intention to chop arts funding by 92 per cent over the next three years. The current 47 million budget will be slashed to just under $3 million dollars.
Besides letting the government know what you think of these crippling cuts, we’re suggesting you promote BC arts and culture.
Support artists, writers, artisans, musicians and their businesses and organizations. If you exchange gifts during the holiday season, consider subscribing to BC magazines, sharing BC books and visual art or music. Buy tickets or make donations to your favourite theatre company or festival. Go to a gallery or volunteer your time.
Here’s a list of some of the groups, people and businesses we work for, are friends with or simply love! Not all of them have been hit by the government’s funding cuts. But all of them are worthy of your support.
And you can start this weekend! You have an excellent opportunity to see and buy the work of hundreds of artists and artisans at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl.
And then there’s:
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture
Coastal Sound International Choral Festival
Coastal Sound Music Academy
Beats Without Borders
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
Vancouver International Film Festival
PUSH International Performing Arts Festival
The BC Arts Council
New Star Books
Alliance for Arts and Culture
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
We’d love to hear your suggestions for arts groups that you care about.